According to media sources, legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, often known as ‘Flying Singh,’ died late Friday due to post-Covid problems.
At the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, he was receiving treatment.
The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19, but was placed in home isolation after confirming that he was asymptomatic at his Chandigarh apartment.
However, on May 24, the great athlete was hospitalised to the Fortis hospital’s ICU in Mohali owing to “COVID pneumonia.” On June 3, he was transferred to PGIMER in Chandigarh.
His demise came just five days after his wife Nirmal passed away from complications related to the Covid procedure.
In Cardiff in 1958, he became the first Indian athlete to win gold in the then-British Empire and Commonwealth Games, a record that lasted more than 50 years.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the Asian gold medalist, writing, “We have lost a giant sportsperson in Shri Milkha Singh Ji, who grabbed the nation’s imagination and held a special place in the hearts of many Indians.
His uplifting personality endeared him to a large number of people. I’m heartbroken about his death.”